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EU Restricts Phenol in Certain Toys

19 May 2017

The EU has recently amended the Toy Safety Directive (TSD) to include the restriction of phenol in certain toys. The restriction will become effective on November 4, 2018. In October 2014, we informed...Read More

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Member States Reach Accord on New Anti-dumping Rules

19 May 2017

On 3 May 2017, EU Member States finally managed to reach a political compromise on a new methodology to combat dumping. The new anti-dumping methodology is aimed at detecting and redressing distortion...Read More

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New Law Restricting Lead in Toys Published in Official Journal

19 May 2017

On 27 April 2017, a new EU-wide law – Council Directive 2017/738 of 27 March 2017 – introducing more stringent limits on the concentration of lead in toys, was published in the Official Journal of the...Read More

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European Parliamentary Committee Publishes Report on New Proposal Amending RoHS 2

19 May 2017

On 28 April 2017, the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) published its draft report on the proposal to amend Directive 2011/65/EU (RoHS 2). Hong K...Read More

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End of Transitional Period for Hazardous Chemical Labelling Obliges All Supply Chain Actors to Check Their Products

19 May 2017

Hong Kong traders who export chemical products to the EU should be aware that the end of a two-year transitional period for the labelling of mixtures is drawing near, in accordance with Regulation 127...Read More

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EU Extends Application of Rules on Wood Packaging Materials for Specified Chinese Commodities Until 31 July 2018

19 May 2017

On 25 April 2017, the Official Journal of the European Union published Commission Implementing Decision 2017/728, which extends the application of Decision 2013/92/EU on the supervision, plant health ...Read More

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Toys Continue to Be Most Notified Among Dangerous Consumer Products

19 May 2017

On 16 March 2017, The European Commission published the results of the EU’s Rapid Alert System (the RAPEX system) for dangerous consumer products in 2016. The results illustrate that over 2000 dangero...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

19 May 2017

On 12 May 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/804 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain seamless pipes and tubes of iron (other than ca...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

19 May 2017

Council Decision (EU) 2017/817 of 11 May 2017 establishing the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union within the World Trade Organisation on the modification of paragraph C(ii) of Annex ...Read More

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EU Strengthens Chemical Safety in Food Contact Plastics

18 May 2017

The EU has recently amended its ‘Food Contact Plastics’ Regulation. This amendment will be implemented in two phases starting May 19, 2017. In January 2011, the European Union (EU) published Regulatio...Read More

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New European Standard for Aromatic Amines Derived from Azo Colorants Released

18 May 2017

The new European standard methods for determining restricted aromatic amines derived from azo colorants in textiles has been updated and published by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) o...Read More

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Anti-dumping Reform: EU Governments Strive for Compromise, but Disagreements Persist

5 May 2017

On 21 April 2017, Italy reportedly opposed the European Council compromise on the EU’s future anti-dumping rules. Italy’s government stated that it was “firmly opposed” to a Council compromise put for...Read More

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Trade Defence Measures against Solar Panels

5 May 2017

On 18 April 2017, a legal action was published in the EU’s Official Journal, challenging the European Commission’s decision to withdraw the acceptance of a price undertaking, giving rise to yet anothe...Read More

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Restriction of Lead in Jewellery to be Reviewed

5 May 2017

On 20 April 2017, it was reported that the European Commission has asked the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to evaluate the current restriction of lead in jewellery by 30 September 2017. Therefore, ...Read More

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EU Cosmetics Law Revised Regarding Certain Substances in Hair Dyes and Sunscreen Products

5 May 2017

Hong Kong traders exporting hair dye products and sunscreen products to the EU should be informed that the European Commission has adopted two new regulations amending framework Regulation 1223/2009 o...Read More

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German Court Confirms Illegality of Shoemaker’s Prohibition on Dealers’ Use of Price Comparison Engines

5 May 2017

According to a press statement of the German Federal Competition Office (FCO), on 5 April 2017 the Higher Regional Court of Düsseldorf upheld the previous finding of the FCO that, by prohibiting deale...Read More

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European Report on Economic Effects of Counterfeit Smart Phones

5 May 2017

The European Observatory on infringements of Intellectual Property Rights – the EUIPO – recently published its report studying the economic effects of counterfeit smart phones in the legitimate sector...Read More

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Anti-dumping Actions

5 May 2017

On 25 August 2017, the Official Journal published Commission Implementing Regulation 2017/724 imposing a definitive anti-dumping duty on imports of certain continuous filament glass fibre products ori...Read More

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Official Journal Summary

5 May 2017

Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/735 of 14 February 2017 amending, for the purpose of its adaptation to technical progress, the Annex to Regulation (EC) No 440/2008 laying down test methods pursuant to...Read More

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European Commission Reduces the Permissible Limit of Benzophenone-3 in Cosmetic Products

28 April 2017

On February 10, 2017, the European Commission published Regulation (EU) 2017/238 amending Annex VI to Regulation (EC) 1223/2009 to reduce the maximum authorized concentration of Benzophenone-3 as a UV...Read More

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